Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
604 Reviews
Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Available: January to May
Alc. by Vol.: 6.2%
IBUs: 60

192 calories per 12 oz serving

Added by Bitterbill on 01-22-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
604
Ratings:
2,570
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.02%
 
 
Wants:
157
Gots:
565
For Trade:
2
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Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, home. Red Chair seems like a cross between an APA, IPA and Amber Ale. The color is somewhere between pumpkin and amber. Tight, dense, off-white cap of bubbles. The aroma has a clean caramel malt note with a fair bit of piney-floral hops. Flavor has a touch of sweetness from the bready, caramel malt, but hops provide a bitter finish and a mildly bitter sense of resin throughout. The feel is round and chewy with some hop oiliness. It's an easy beer to drink with good balance for a West Coast style Pale and a tame but flavorful profile. Enjoyable.

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Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kowloon's Restaurant, Roseburg, OR, poured into a slightly chilled Mirror Pond shaker glass, 3.23.2010.

Reddish copper clear body, one finger white head, medium dissipation with nice trail of lacing rings down the glass. Nose is sweet malts with a fairly decent floral hop hit on back end. Taste is a bit more bready than bottled version, and the hops are more noticeable. Mouthfeel is more creamy than the bottled version. Very drinkable, quite sessionable at this ABV. I prefer this to the bottled version. A slight, but noticeable difference.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. The pour is very clear, beautiful amber in color, and sports about a finger of eggshell-colored foam with good retention. The aroma is nice and hoppy with notes of grapefruit, lemon, herbs, cedar, and fresh flowers.

The beer has a medium body, a slick feel, and a nicely balanced dry, hoppy flavor. There is substantial malt to stand up to the hops, which are not over-done at all. Up front there is a cedary, marmalade-like sweetness which gives way to grapefruit, lavender, and lemon as the hops attack. There is a hint of sweetness on the finish and a lingering resiny flavor.

This is an old-school, well-crafted pale ale. Terrific balance, lots of flavor, and it doesn't ruin your palate. A good introductory beer to craft newbies.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a straight translucent copper with a bubbly, slowly dissipating head and lacing that surrounds the glass. No date given. First smell is faint, but opens up a bit more to some pale malt and a little citrus? Smell is a tad misleading as the taste is mostly malt, just a little hop resin and bitterness, and an aftertaste of grain. It does tend to a wet finish. Pretty decent drink, it is not unique at all though to me, kinda disappointed in that aspect. Certainly drinkable, and not that bad. Might try a different one next time.

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Photo of wetnmst79
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Amber orange with small bubbles and a dissipating white-cream head. Small bubbles. Moderate lacing on the glass, bunched rather than laced.

S: Not overwhelming hops, and not quite floral. The smell is actually a little more mellow than most pale ales, maybe even sweet. I'm into it...

T: Again, it's a tad hoppy but certainly not overwhelming. The hops hit around 5 seconds after you swallow rather than head-on. Personally, I prefer subtler brews that nod toward drinkability, like this one, and it seems that Deschutes does too. This fits the bill. There's a sweetness in there that comes before the hops, with a little roast in there too. This would be what they call a "balanced" beer.

M: The mouthfeel would be perfect for an brew with more hops. For a mellower beer like this one, it could have stuck around longer. Still, I'm pleased.

O: A very drinkable beer with a lot going on. I'll take another, please.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprise, surprise, Deschutes comes with another citrusy offering that is a joy to drink.

This beer is good-looking with it's pale, golden-colored liquid and two finger head.

The nose is citrusy and sweet and very much what I get on the taste buds too. It's almost sweet and creamy and like biting into a juicy orange, but the backend is resinous and bitter and lingers with a bit of dryness. Very well-balanced and really easy to drink. I enjoyed and could go through many a six pack.

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Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 3/29/13. Poured a slightly-hazy orange with a short white head. The aroma seems like it should stand up more— I just gets a creamy, mild floral and tangerine hop character. The flavor, however, has big, biting grapefruit over a subtle caramel malt backbone. There's also a nice juicy hop undertone that sets this apart from your average all-citrus pale ale. I'm a fan, it's a touch thick for the style, but damn tasty and a good break from the often-boring APA. Have a couple pints, you won't regret it.

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Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by: 04/19/11

Clear copper color with two fingers of dense head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

Really big hoppy aroma. This is an APA? Loads of pine with hints of citrus and dank weed. Some bready malt somehow makes it through the hops.

Hoppy flavor but not as hoppy as I expected from the aroma. Citrus and pine hop flavor. All 60 IBUs can be detected. The malt does add some flavor and sweetness, but the hops take center stage. Finishes bitter with a little bit of cloying hoppiness.

Wonderful texture to this beer. Silky smooth and gentle on the palate. Body heft is on par for an APA.

I think I was expecting a hoppy red ale and got a borderline West Coast IPA. Just another wonderful beer from Deschutes.

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Photo of nataku00
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap into a clear plastic cup. Dark amber, copper color, clear with a finger of off white foamy head. Head retention was very nice, with a half a finger maintained by the ample carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the cup. Plenty of nice lacing as you drink from the cup.

Nose is fresh pine, earthy hops, with a touch of caramel malt. Gets a little more pungent with bitter hops as it warms a little, though somewhat one note

Clean fresh pine bitterness, some dank hops as well on the front of the tongue, some more earthiness and the caramel malt after the initial hit of bitterness, finishing dryly on the tongue. Lingering earthy bitterness, light but noticeable, though the tongue is scrubbed clean by the ample carbonation.

Easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of JayKay
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Copper in color, great off-white head with solid retention and moderately carbonated.

S- Malty bread on the nose.

T- Great floral hop taste and some bitter hop on the finish.

F- Medium bodied, not as carbonated as appearance would suggest.

O- Enjoyed he balance between the slightly sweet malts and bitter hop finish.

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Photo of Etan
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a reddish amber with a nice off-white head.

S: Nice, lightly spicy hop profile. Caramel malt, bready, light grapefruit.

T: Caramel, mild piney bitterness, biscuity, a bit peppery, pithy citrus, fresh grain.

M: Light-bodied with a bit of heft from the moderate carbonation.

O: I really like the malt profile on this one - compliments the restrained hops nicely.

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Photo of soju6
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber color with a small tan head that fades to fine lacing.

S: Has a mild citrus and grain aroma with a hint of malt sweetness.

T: Starts with a light cirus bite then a touch of malty sweetness and a touch of spice. Quite dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth, clean and well balanced.

D: Very drinkable. This is a good anytime beer, nothing fancy or hyped, just a great goto beer.

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Photo of pounce
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my favorite pale ales, in the top 3. I have consumed cases of it, so this is not a flippant rating based on one sample, like some do. It is surprisingly dark for a pale ale: light brown, with a touch of red. Average head, which lingers quite a while. The taste is clean, with just the right level of hops for a pale ale (more than average, I'd say). The malt is well-balanced, enough to gain one's attention without overwhelming. Overall, plenty of flavor but smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of kagent777
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with best before date of 05/05/11 (I guess this is better than having no date at all). Served into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear reddish light gold with a lasting rocky head that left good lacing.

Smell: Piney and herbal hops. The malt background is present in the smell as well.

Taste: Pleasant mild sweetness up front, with a balancing bitterness from the hops on the back end. This will not be mistaken for an IPA, but the hop presence is ideal. The malt has a good toasty character.

Mouthfeel: The finish is longish. The beer has a smooth nature to it. Really solid.

Drinkability: This is really good, I will choose this one again easily. I hope Utah keeps importing this one.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, here is what it says on the Deschutes web site.

"As a debut Northwest Pale Ale, it's an adventure all its own. It has a plush body with satiny caramel flavors derived from seven varieties of malt. Yet, despite it all, it remains a hop-forward ale with that distinctive citrusy punch. Just minus any mouth-puckering bitterness."

This is NOT the Red Chair IPA.

Well, well, this beer is not in the BA database yet. This is available in Arizona now and the website says it's available from Jan-April. They use the word debut in the description, but I am not sure if this is referring to the style (Northwest Pale Ale) or that this is the debut version of this beer.

Since it's not listed, I am assuming this is a new listing.

Pours with a very tight and creamy white head that appears bright sitting atop the deep red/amber colored beer. Lots of burgundy/mahogany tomes to the color. The head slowly settled but puts up a good battle and lacing a thick in the glass.

Aroma is a nice mix of some fresh hops, some cracker, bread crust tones and some sweet malt.

Flavor is excellent. A nice mix of some fruity esters, sweet bread flavors and some decent layered malt. The hop character seemed to be a mix of light pine and some citrus notes with more focus on the citrus side of the spectrum. Balance is very nice here and clearly a goal of this beer. Mission accomplished.

Medium bodied, smooth with very subtle and tight carbonation. Not creamy, but the velvety mouth feel makes you consider the adjective.

Very drinkable and a nice addition to the Deschutes line-up (again, assuming this is it's first year)

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Photo of portia99
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 4/01/10) poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a perfectly clear bright amber color with about a 1/2 finger of tan foam that dissipates quickly. Left behind is a thick collar and sparse islands on the surface of the beer.

S - Hops waft out of the bottle immediately after opening...pouring into a glass only enhances this experience. Fruity and citrusy hops can be smelled from several feet away. Orange blossoms, honeylike sweetness, a touch of grapefruit.

T - Fruity, citrusy - sweet grapefruit and some oranges. Bitterness is crisp, a hint of alcohol lingers behind. Solid malt backbone - a bit caramelly. Overall balance is to the hops. Good pale ale.

M - Light to medium bodied...carbonation medium too. Prickly and lively. Crisp and refreshing.

D - Very enjoyable pale ale. Hoppy, fruity, quite flavorful. A 6 pack of these would be a nice companion on a weekend afternoon. Another fine beer from the people at Deschutes.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful red golden with a nice thick head - looks like a tasty brew.

smell is a nice balance of buiscuits and strong, intense floral, piney and citric northwest hops - very solid, and intensely hop-driven nose for a pale ale.

Taste was just good - what you'd expect from a solid west coast pale - a lot more malt driven than the nose would imply - finishes slightly warm and pleasant.

feel was a little dull for me, just didn't have that nice punch that i wanted.

Overall this is a really great beer, a solid pale ale with a delicious, classically west coast hop character - this will join the ranks of other solid Deschutes beer...mmm

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Photo of spree92
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After an aggressive pour, there was a large, full-bodied head. Plenty of retention and heavy lacing. Slight malt smell but mainly hops, and lots of them. Taste is subtle, yet hoppy. Smooth front and hops finish. Leaves the mouth quickly as a little chewy. I really enjoyed this new NWPA.

LazyL, thanks for the beer packaged. This must be one of your favs, a hopped pale ale.

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Photo of patpbr
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured an amber and copper blend with a small sturdy head.
S - Carmel nose with a bit of sweetness
T - Orange and nice addition of pine. A bit of grapefruit and sweet bitterness with the malts
M - Medium body and a crisp finish
O - I bought one, I think I'm going to buy a six pack its enjoyable.

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Photo of Brenden
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This "Northwest'style" pale ale is a clear reddish-orange color. The head is just off-white and caps at slightly less than one finger. It doesn't keep up a whole lot but does keep it consistently, a strong layer remaining and dropping equally strong lacing.
There are lots of aromatics in this one, and they transfer very thoroughly to the flavor. It begins with a piney note that isn't too harsh and melds with some orange zest and has a bit of a peppery kick as well. It leans dry in the middle, but some tropical fruits start it off then come back in to finish it out. A bit of sweetness from malts, caramel but with a nice nuttiness to it, evens and balances it out well.
The feel is the best aspect in this beer. It's rich with a creamy thickness that doesn't exceed its medium body, and it's completely crisp to boot. Silky creaminess gives way to sweetness that cuts through a dry edge it begins to take, adding depth to the overall feel. The key to keeping it together is really that it stays so crisp all the while.

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Photo of bambam2517
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle for the purposes of this review, but this is a beer I am just getting around to do a write up for. I've had it many times, and I keep it on hand whenever I find it available. One of my go-to's...

A - Nice rusty-copper body with a long-lasting lace ring well representative of a west coast IPA style.

S - It's hop dominate in a very great balanced way. Emulates citrus, maybe some tropical fruits. Good complexity.

T - The best quality to me is that this is an IPA with the flavors pulled back and more balanced and sessionable than the typical west coast style. I like to have it on hand to introduce friends who are less hop-forward to good craft beers.

M - Its crisp and smooth throughout, very drinkable.

O - Probably my favorite session beer. Perfectly balanced, so enjoyable.

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Photo of WyNG
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color, Very malty for being labeled a Pale Ale. Almost sweet, but just enough of a hop balance to pull it back from the edge. The body almost crosses thew line into red/amber ale territory. The aroma strikes a nice balance of maltiness and the floral/citrus notes of the hops. A very nice beer!

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look-This NWPA pours a brilliant orange copper color with a one finger thick foamy head. The lacing is sparse, but thin and moist.

Smell-The aroma is full of pine and apricot, but I also get a caramel-based malt.

Taste-The flavor is bright and full of evergreen forest pine, citrus like apricot and orange peel zest, and then finishes with a hop resin coating. It has a well-balanced flavor and a great fizzy carbonation level. The alcohol content, 6.2%, gives an added bite to the pine. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, sticky, and juicy.

Overall-This is a great beer and is expertly crafted by our friends from Deschutes. Cheers!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Pour on Prince served chilled in a large pils glass.

the color is a hazed red sunny look with thick beige cream with fine bead and decent lace clings. The smell is very good with citrus aroma and some orange rind with light toasted odor and hint of fruity yeast. The feel is very good with toasted and light caramel sweetness with some pithy citrus and yeast dryness with medium carbonation and body throughout with a mild dry bitter finish.

The taste is great with lots of hop flavor up front adding a grapefruit and light herbal aspect with slight pithy bitter and slight grassy elements and gently toasted malt anchoring the flavor with some creamy yeast to support and adding dimension with a hint of dry citrus and leafy hop flavors continuing into the finish. Overall I was pleased to enjoy this fresh and consider it a top quality Imperial red ale with great drinkability.

second sample - bottle 4-16-14
purchased at Wegman's enjoyed chilled in a teku

A - brilliant ruby with excellent clarity -4 Smell is fruity with a light citrus nose from the hops with subtle sweet malt elemnt 3.75 The feel is very good, bitter up front but moderately carbonated with slight tanginess of yeast and sweetness in the malt mid palate with balance of bitter and light caramel aspect with semi-dry finish 4

The taste is excellent very fruity with subtle mix of orange notes in the hops with ruby red grapefruit and mild caramel flavors from the malt all blending in a way that nothing is out of balance yet the sum of the parts is really interesting. The taste of the yeast adds a slight hint of tangy sweet apple skin with a mild toasted malt element and light herbal flavor in the finish 4.25 Overall I really enjoyed this about equally in the bottle as the draft version the only exception is the hops seemed more aromatic in the draft, but the overall enjoyment is the same -4

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber, about a half finger of off white head that is leaving some decent lacing... Slight haze to it.

Smell is decent, with a grapefruit up front, a lot of bready charachters coming through as well, maybe even a little plum.

starts with a dab of hops then moves on to a really bready quality in the middle, steps over to a bite of pine and finishes like bitter grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation, finishes pretty dry.

This is a decent APA, not my favorite but very flavorful, I will pick up a 6 or 2 every year when in comes out. Give it a go if you get Deschutes.

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,570 ratings.
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